Idaho IceWorld, a premier indoor ice-skating center owned and operated by Boise Parks and Recreation, is the proud owner of a new electric Zamboni. The innovative ice resurfacing machine – which is fully electric – provides clean, climate-friendly maintenance to the facility’s two ice rinks. The upgrade to an emission-free Zamboni is a first for the City of Boise. In 2021, the city set a bold climate action goal for all government facilities to be carbon neutral by 2035 as part of Mayor Lauren McLean’s climate action plan.
“Two years ago, we set a goal to be at 100% clean energy for our city government by 2030,” said Mayor McLean. “I’m happy to say we are on track to beat that date and this emission-free Zamboni is part of that effort; with each electric vehicle we add to our fleet we are one step closer meeting our climate action goals.”
The new fully electric Zamboni at Idaho IceWorld is one of just about a thousand machines used in the country and is the first in Idaho. The electric ice resurfacer requires zero battery maintenance and uses lithium-ion power to produce no tailpipe emissions.
“We are excited about this state-of-the-art machine that advances Idaho IceWorld as a climate-friendly facility,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “The new electric Zamboni is an innovative step towards Mayor McLean’s commitment to climate resiliency. We are proud for Idaho IceWorld to be a leading facility in the city's clean energy work.”
The electric Zamboni was ordered from industry leader, Frank Zamboni Company, and arrived at Idaho IceWorld this January. Staff have been trained on operating the rechargeable machine and are pleased with its top-notch performance.
Join Mayor McLean and city leaders for the debut of the new electric Zamboni, as Mayor McLean takes the Zamboni on an inaugural public spin around the rink!
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14
WHERE: Idaho IceWorld (7072 S. Eisenman Road)